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The Premier League pace-setters face a pivotal weekend as the top four meet in direct opposition - with a lot of pressure on Arsenal as Manchester United turn up the heat.In-form Liverpool visit Manchester United, while Arsenal go to Stamford Bridge to play a Chelsea side who cannot yet be discounted when it comes to the title.Arsenal were in pole position a few short weeks ago, with a run of games that would hardly have sent fear shuddering through the Emirates Stadium. And yet they have drawn away at Birmingham and Wigan and at home against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.And their slump would have been compounded even further had Chelsea beaten Spurs on Wednesday night.But the thrilling 4-4 draw sees the west London outfit sit two points behind their north London counterparts ahead of Sunday's derby.If United beat Liverpool and Arsenal lose at Chelsea, Wenger can wave the title bye-bye in my opinion.If we look at Manchester United's meeting with Liverpool, it has all the ingredients to make a classic on paper and yet - because it is so tight and tension plays a huge part - it normally ends as a non-event.I believe the key will come at both ends. How will Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic fare against Fernando Torres, whose partnership with Steven Gerrard looks magnificent? How will Liverpool's defence cope with Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez? Javier MascheranoTorres and Gerrard have been superb, but no more influential than Javier MascheranoLiverpool are looking really good, and while all the bouquets are understandably being aimed in the direction of Torres and Gerrard, Javier Mascherano has really caught my eye.In the last five or six games he has been absolutely outstanding, giving great protection to Liverpool's back four.This is where it looks like Liverpool have got the balance right - they have got Mascherano making them difficult to score against and Torres and Gerrard giving them potency going forward.I will be very interested to see how Torres plays at Old Trafford because he didn't play well against Ferdinand and Vidic when United won at Liverpool. He will have more space away from Anfield, so it will be intriguing to see how he fares.I am still of the opinion that if Rafael Benitez had played Torres in all Liverpool's games earlier in the season, rather than rest him in goalless draws against Portsmouth and Birmingham, they would be a lot closer to the title than they are.He has grown into the season, has pace to burn and has the capability to score goals of any kind.These games are usually decided by the odd goal - more often in United's favour in recent times - but Liverpool will go there thinking they can win. If every 20 passes brought a goal, Arsenal would have beaten Middlesbrough 45-0 - but football doesn't operate on that basisArsenal's game at Chelsea is of huge importance to them after the way they have seen a healthy advantage disappear in recent weeks.I think a number of factors have produced this slip, starting with the poor performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup, when they looked like they didn't want to be there, to William Gallas's behaviour at the end of the 2-2 draw with Birmingham.I have been asked what would have happened under a manager like Bob Paisley at Liverpool if our captain had walked away from that last-minute penalty that gave Birmingham a point.Well, first of all it would not have happened, and if it had, the person involved would not have been captain in the next game.It was a message of defeat from a captain whose side were six points clear in the Premier League. I found it incredible.Arsenal have also had a problem they have had for years. When games are tight, their passing style is not equipped to grind out wins in the way Manchester United and Chelsea would do.If every 20 passes brought a goal, they would have beaten Middlesbrough 45-0 - but football doesn't operate on that basis.Sometimes you need another option and just get the ball up there - but Emmanuel Adebayor has gone off the boil in recent weeks so we are back to pass, pass, pass.I would actually call both games as a draw.It is all getting very interesting at the other end of the table - only Derby are down and after Spurs in 11th place, no-one can feel safe.I actually feel Bolton will have enough to get out of trouble, but keep an eye on Fulham because I think Roy Hodgson has done a good job there.They got a draw at Blackburn and then had a great win against Everton. Now they go to Newcastle in a massive game. I think Roy has sorted a few things out and got them playing.I feel Newcastle will stay up, especially with Michael Owen to score goals for them, but there will be some nervous teams in the bottom half of the table in the next few weeks.Alan Hansen was talking to Phil McNulty
Wanted to start off with that Article from Alan Hansen which i think is a very good honest article.Hansen is so right about the Gallas situation in the article I agree 100%.What do people think about the article?Predictions for the two games?

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If United beat Liverpool and Arsenal lose at Chelsea, Wenger can wave the title bye-bye in my opinion.
Yet if this occurs we'll be out the title race with only a single point separting us and Chelsea who'd be the sole contenders to Man U.confused3.gifAnyway i'll say we'll beat Chelsea and Pool will get a point off Man u

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The Hype > These MatchesBore Draws for both
Agreed but i think we will beat United 2-1 and Chelsea Arsenal will be 1-1.We are due a win against United they get lucky everytime they play us.Plus if we win and its a draw in the other game it sets up things nicely. 1 Man Utd 31 45 702 Arsenal 31 36 683 Chelsea 31 31 664 Liverpool 31 35 62

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Not gonna predict the score for the liverpool united game, all i know is they will get a f*ck*ng dodgy decision. Arsenal wont lose to chelsea.

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Man U & Arsenal both to win
Yeah i could see this happening.We'll just scrape a victory against liverpool i reckonArsenal will end that drawing streak they have and beat chelsea.

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2-1 man utd3-0 chelsea
3-0 to chelsea??!?!...

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The Hype > These MatchesBore Draws for both
Agreed but i think we will beat United 2-1 and Chelsea Arsenal will be 1-1.We are due a win against United they get lucky everytime they play us.Plus if we win and its a draw in the other game it sets up things nicely. 1 Man Utd 31 45 702 Arsenal 31 36 683 Chelsea 31 31 664 Liverpool 31 35 62
Think with your head and not with your heart.

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lmaototty >>>>>defoes pissedcant play because his initial move was a loan.....can imagine the smile on robinsons face

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The Hype > These MatchesBore Draws for both
Agreed but i think we will beat United 2-1 and Chelsea Arsenal will be 1-1.We are due a win against United they get lucky everytime they play us.Plus if we win and its a draw in the other game it sets up things nicely. 1 Man Utd 31 45 702 Arsenal 31 36 683 Chelsea 31 31 664 Liverpool 31 35 62
Think with your head and not with your heart.
LolWe will win the title

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article was sh*t some any liverpool love inand gallas having a fit had more effect than eduardo breaking his leg and us throwing away 3 points? yeah sure you stupid Scottish dweeb. f*ck outta here

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lmao @ liverpool fans talking about important weekendsThis weekend has nothing to do with you
LOOOOOOOOOLOOHJ sh*t THAT MADE ME CREASEdid you mean to bury pool fans that hard?

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lmao @ liverpool fans talking about important weekendsThis weekend has nothing to do with you
Granted we aren't gonna win the league, but you must be able to see that of the teams out of the race we are most likely to influence where the title goes.

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